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Monday, September 15, 2014

Did you miss the boat?



You missed a great opportunity last week!  We had only 15(!!) entries for the Blank Quilting Florabella fat quarter giveaway!

Congrats to Maryellen!

teachpany said... Have a blast at the show! I've used Blank fabrics, and their backings are great. I love wide backings. It's so much faster to finish a quilt, if you don't have to piece a back. I can't think of any particular quilt I've done from their fabrics, though. I do have lots of finishes on my blog, but don't recall which were Blank!

 

We just received some new Blank quilting fabrics including some great graphic steampunk prints.  Stay tuned as we get those online!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Scrap Quilt Challenge-Sponsor Spotlight-Craftsy

So many things compete for our time, the one thing that usually gets pushed to the back is our ME time.  I think that is what quilting is for most of us.  That ME time where I focus on something just because I enjoy it & it centers my soul.  Craftsy is the perfect partner for the busy crafter.  Classes from today’s top quilting instructions, on your electronic device, when it’s convenient for you. 

In addition to classes, there are patterns, supplies, and message boards.  It is truly a community geared toward the busy crafter and indie craft designer.  You’ll find many rising stars have patterns available for you on Craftsy too.

Oh, and it’s not just quilting….you’ll find all the fiber arts, but also cooking, woodworking, painting, gardening, photography…it’s a long list.  Go see:

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The fine folks at Craftsy have sponsored TWO free classes to any class they offer!  You can continue your scrap quilt adventure, or take the opportunity to try something completely new!  The choice is yours!  Two quilters will be very happy, but the decision will be so hard!  Thank you Craftsy for being a great sponsor and supporter of the craft world!

Don’t forget, the free September Scrap Quilt Challenge block tutorial from Mishka’s Playground is also available on Craftsy!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Scrap Quilt Challenge Sponsor Spotlight-Blank Quilting



We love our Blank Quilting florals and backings at Fabrics N Quilts.  I personally think the floral designs have a unique style you don’t see with other lines of fabric.  Of the backing designs we offer, the Blank designs always sell fastest.  They are a great quality, of course, but it is the design itself that sets the fabrics apart.

We just received 20 new fabrics that I can’t wait to share with you next week.  I hate to put out the teaser, but I will be heading to the AQS show in Chattanooga for the week.  Pop in & say hi!  I will be in booth #426!  You’ll see some new stuff we’ve not shown anywhere before!

Blank Quilting has donated a beautiful 3 yard backing for one of our Scrap Quilt Challenge winners.  I have used this backing & it is wonderful!

We will also continue our giveaway fun and offer a fat quarter bundle of Florabella for one of our lucky blog readers…NOW!    I am a big fan of stripes & florals together.  Of course, stripes make beautiful bindings too.  This bundle also includes a fat quarter of Rock Candy in the Honey color.  Rock candy is a fantastic shimmery fabric without the stiffness you sometimes find in metallic fabrics.

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To enter for your chance to win the fat quarter bundle, you must be able to be contacted.  If you are a no-reply blogger and don’t leave an email in your comment, there’s really no need to leave an entry.  If I can’t get in touch with you to shower gifts upon you….well you get it…

Leave a comment letting me know if you’ve ever used Blank Quilting fabrics.  If you’ve blogged a project with their fabric, leave a link for a second chance!  I love me some show & tell!  Entries received by 9/12 at midnight will be counted.  We’ll post the winner by the 15th (see note above regarding travel).

Sunday, September 7, 2014

iPhone case kit winner-Scrap Quilt Challenge-Quilters Dream Batting



Congrats to Cynthia!

Cynthia Brunz Designs left a comment:
Quilter's Dream has some beautiful batting. As a longarm quilter, I have used many of the blends.

I visited Cynthia’s blog today & you should too.  What beautiful creations!  You’ll love her latest scrap quilt that has a nice modern feel with the use of Ash Kona solids.  I pinned it to our Scrap Quilt Challenge Inspiration board too.

Don’t forget to join our SQC Facebook group! https://www.facebook.com/groups/132734910115860/

Friday, September 5, 2014

It’s a complicated world, but the Scrap Quilt Challenge is easy



I have been getting several comments lately about the challenge.  I think that it is JUST TOO SIMPLE!

It’s your quilt.  They are your scraps.  You make whatever you want.

Here are the rules again:

  • an obviously scrappy quilt of 45” x 60” (minimum size)
  • Entries must be completed quilts (patchwork, applique, rag quilt are all fine.  It just must be a completed project)
  • Entries should have been completed in the last year (since last year’s challenge ended on October 15, 2013)
  • Entries must be uploaded to the flickr group by end of day on October 15, 2014

 

Yes, that’s it.

Your quilt, your design, your scraps.

Then rewards!  Be sure you pop over to the kickoff post & see all the great prizes we will be awarding.  Plus we are featuring our sponsors every week and you’ll find extra giveaways on the blog from now through the end of the Challenge. (Psst…today’s the last day to enter for the Quilters Dream giveaway!)

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Scrap Quilt Challenge-Block Tutorial-Mishkas Playground

Michele has put together the cutest block for the September Scrap Quilt Challenge Block Tutorial!

Meet Scrappy 16:

 

The tutorial is available as a free download via Craftsy (another Challenge sponsor!) and will be delivered right to your inbox.  Pop over to Mishka’s Playground now & follow the steps to get your free tutorial.

Thank you, Michele for a great scrappy block.  The black and white frames really make the scraps the focus.  Check out Michele’s  layout options too. {swoon}.  Using those frames really give the layouts modern appeal.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Scrap Quilt Challenge Sponsor Spotlight-Quilters Dream Batting

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Have you tried Quilters Dream Batting?  Are you a #battgirl?  #battboy?  Search those hashtags on Instagram to see some of the beautiful quilts using Quilters Dream Batting!

I have a few separate things I love about Quilters Dream.

First, they are an American company making stuff in America.  That just seems like a novelty these days & though I love things, places, and people from all over the world, I love that there are still folks manufacturing in this country.  It is grounding to me.  It is neighbors banding together and creating something together, supporting each other, and building a community.

Second, they understand there are always things we can do to help another soul.  As we’ve already blogged, they have worked tirelessly for years to support  quilt donations to those touched with ALS.   We hope that you can consider to make a quilt after you dry off from your ice bucket shower.

Third, it handles like a dream.  Really.  They hit the nail on the head naming their company.  I have used several of the weights and types of batting and it has never bearded, torn or bunched.  Check out the User Guide page of the website for the pert’s on each batting.

My hand quilters love the Dream Orient.  Check out this blue ribbon winner from last week’s show in Monticello, KY

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Made by Patsy Littrell of Allardt, TN

Last, they are just nice people.  I have spoken to them many times by phone and via email and NEVER had anything but a smile by the time I hung up.  Who doesn’t like to support a business that makes you smile?!

You can read all about the different weights and styles of Quilters Dream batting on their website, http://www.quiltersdreambatting.com/.  Quilters Dream is only available through independent quilt retailers, (yes, I love that too).  We currently do not list our batting selections online, as we think the shipping can be cost-prohibitive for our customers.  Do you buy batting online if you don’t have a free shipping offer?  Did you know you can call/email orders to us for things we don’t offer online?  Oh yeah…we’re all over that service!

We are going to give away a package of Dream Fusion Iphone Case Kit! 

The giveaway includes Dream Fusion (a fusible cotton batting), pattern, and 2 fat quarters

{We will also toss in a sample card of all the batting options from Quilters Dream}

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Giveaway entries accepted through 9/5 midnight. 

Leave us a comment on what, if any Quilters Dream battings you have used and your review.  If you have not had the chance to try Quilters Dream Battings, let us know what you usually quilt with!

We will post a winner on 9/6!

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